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  1. bob1 says:

    This morning I happened upon an email from Philip Yancey that’s really made my day.

    It made me realize that sticking to the facts of a situation — and not what we imagine to be true — can be a great stress reducer and can lower our blood pressure!

    Philip posted a blog entry about a book titled “Factfulness,” by the late public health expert Hans Rosling.

    Here’s a piece of what Philip wrote:

    Which headline are you more likely to see?
    PANDEMIC DEATHS APPROACH SEVEN MILLION!
    Or:
    NINETY-NINE PERCENT OF ALL COVID-19 VICTIMS SURVIVE

    Both statistics are true, although the media tend to sensationalize threats and dangers. As a result, most people assume the world is in worse shape than the facts support.

    A Swedish physician, Hans Rosling, devoted his life to correcting misconceptions about the state of the world, delivering TED talks and speaking to leaders at the UN and WHO. After reading his book Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World—and Why Things Are Better Than You Think, I decided that the Thanksgiving season would be an excellent time to reflect on the good news that Rosling and his team uncovered.

    As he spoke to groups around the world, Dr. Rosling would ask the audience to answer a series of fact questions. Here’s a sampling to test your knowledge. How would you answer these questions?

    1. In the last 20 years, the proportion of the world population living in extreme poverty has…
    □ A. Almost doubled
    □ B. Remained more or less the same
    □ C. Almost halved

    2. What is the average life expectancy, globally, of people alive today?
    □ A. 50 years
    □ B. 60 years
    □ C. 70 years

    3. How did the number of deaths per year from natural disasters change over the last hundred years?
    □ A. More than doubled
    □ B. Remained about the same
    □ C. Decreased to less than half

    4. How many of the world’s 1-year-old children have been vaccinated against some disease?
    □ A. 20 percent
    □ B. 50 percent
    □ C. 80 percent

    5. How many people in the world have some access to electricity?
    □ A. 20 percent
    □ B. 50 percent
    □ C. 80 percent

    How did you do on the test? To get a perfect score, you should have chosen “C”—the most optimistic, positive response—for each of the answers.

    https://philipyancey.com/better-than-we-think

  2. Michael says:

    bob1,

    Thank you for that…I need to read that book.

    I do too much doomscrolling …

  3. Janet Linn, BrideofChrist says:

    Thank you for this!

  4. Captain Kevin says:

    Dang, that’s good! Thanks bob1.

  5. bob1 says:

    Yeah, I wish this could be on CNN or some such. On the other hand, Philip has a wide readership, no doubt. Thankful for that!

  6. Terry G DeGraff says:

    Thanks! I’ve listened to Yancey interviewed on podcasts and he is humble and genuine.

  7. WenatcheeTheHatchet says:

    had a fun and laid-back Thanksgiving weekend, which gave me time to float a question regarding exousiology and Christian nationalisms. To pose the question directly, can the Prince of Persia be reconciled to God through Christ?

    https://wenatcheethehatchet.blogspot.com/2023/11/can-prince-of-persia-be-reconciled-with.html

    Given the last fifty to sixty years of biblical scholarship on the powers and principalities any bid at Christian nationalism has to account for this exousiological question, of which the prince of Persia from Daniel 10 happens to be, not coincidentally, a fairly stark case study.

  8. Terry says:

    WTH – I read through your blog and enjoyed the read. I listened to The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill last Spring, and have followed Driscoll and Wilson’s antics. While in the New Testament the concept of humans judging angels comes up, I don’t see us encouraged to attempt reconciling principalities to Christ.

    I listened to a podcast in which a family was tormented by an evil spirit. The spirit then started communicating to them that it was contrite and wanted theme to help it be reconciled to God. Let’s just say it did not go well at all and the family was forever fractured and damaged in the process. Evil spirits lie. It’s almost all they do. Maybe principalities are different, but I’m just thinking we stick with trying to influence humans.

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